Surprising Health Benefits of Citrus Fruit

Citrus fruits not only pack a refreshing taste but are also rich in nutrients. One medium orange provides 120% of the daily recommended value for Vitamin C. Here are five other great reasons to incorporate these delicious fruits into your diet.

1. Calm a Cold: Being packed full of Vitamin C, citrus helps boost your immune system and may decrease the length of cold symptoms by as much as one to one-and-a-half days for some people.

2. Skin Saver: The nutrients found in citrus fruits promote wound healing and keep your skin, teeth, bones and cartilage healthy.

3. Boost Weight Loss: The fiber and water found in citrus helps keep you full all while being low in calories.

4. Cut Out the Salt: Citrus is a great way of flavoring foods in place of salt, which will help to lower your sodium intake.

5. Portable Snack: Because of their thick rinds, citrus fruits make for great portable snacks so simply throw it in your work or school bag for a quick and easy snack.

Flank Steak with Chipotle-Lime Sauce


• 6 tbsp olive oil, divided

• ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce

• 3 tbsp fresh lime juice, divided

• 1 ¼ lb flank steak

• 1 cup fresh parsley

• ¼ cup fresh cilantro

• 2 cloves garlic

• 1 chipotle chili pepper in adobo sauce from can

• 1 tsp lime zest


SERVINGS: 5 – 4oz portions

1. In a small dish, whisk together 3 tbsp olive oil, soy sauce, and 2 tbsp lime juice. Add steak, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, flipping midway through.

2. For the sauce: In a food processor, combine parsley, cilantro, garlic, chipotle pepper, lime zest, 2 tbsp oil, and 1 tbsp lime juice. Process until well combined.

3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a grill pan over medium-high heat. Cook steak, turning once, until internal temperature reaches 145F (8-10 minutes for medium rare).

4. Let steak rest 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with sauce.